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The Friday Show: No Heavy Lifting Required?

Welcome back to The Friday Show, the Paulick Report’s look at leading stories of the week in the racing and Thoroughbred industries, plus some items you may have missed. In this week’s show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick talk about a weighty issue … Continue reading

Commentary: Breeders’ Cup Ticket Chase An Exercise In Futility

Breeders’ Cup and Keeneland officials will declare Wednesday’s ticket offering to the general public for the 2015 racing championships a huge success – and they’ll have the numbers to back it up. All grandstand seats and many other areas that … Continue reading

PR Special: The Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale At Gulfstream Park

The Paulick Report is pleased to offer a special print publication available on the sales grounds at Wednesday’s Fasig-Tipton Florida Sale for 2-year-olds in training. The sale has changed venues this year and will take place at Gulfstream Park beginning … Continue reading

Inside The North American Racing Academy: Crashing And Burning

Good horsemen agree that you don’t truly become a rider until you’ve fallen off a few times. At the North American Racing Academy, founder Chris McCarron tells his students that for jockeys it’s not “if” that first (or next) fall … Continue reading

The Friday Show: One Tough Ticket Or Ray’s Couch?

For the second consecutive week, the Thoroughbred racing industry is dealing with a major media transaction. As the Paulick Report reported Thursday, The Jockey Club is expected to reveal today that it has completed a purchase of the venerable racing publication, the … Continue reading

Big Problems: Future Seems Bleak For Racing In Texas

I’m not the only one who let my imagination run wild in 1987 when the Texas legislature authorized a state-wide referendum to bring pari-mutuel racing back to the Lone Star state. After all, this was Texas, where you are supposed … Continue reading

New Company Links Mobile Games With Pari-Mutuel Pools

Former Breeders’ Cup and Stronach Group CEO Greg Avioli has teamed up with founder David Marshall and formed a California-based company that uses mobile games to introduce pari-mutuel wagering to an entirely new demographic. With direct ties to the … Continue reading

States Should Follow California’s Crackdown On ‘Program Trainers’

The California Horse Racing Board took an important step last week to try and clean up the scourge of the “program” or “paper” trainer. By definition, a program trainer is the person whose name is listed on the official track … Continue reading

The Friday Show: Mergers, Acquisitions, And Rail Positions

It was an eventful week in the horse racing industry, specifically with respect to how it is covered on television. In this edition of The Friday Show, Scott Jagow and Ray Paulick delve into the Betfair-Stronach deal merging the two … Continue reading

Giving Back: Racing Industry Comes Together For Horse-Crazy Girls

When Jim Mulvihill, director of media and industry relations at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, went through his mail at his Lexington office in late January, he had a somewhat atypical letter waiting for him. “Dear Sir or Madam,” it … Continue reading